Film Review: W.E. is a lipstick feminist fairytale

Our host, Stefanie Alleyne meets today’s panelists, Ginger Broderick, a CPA and talk show host;  Jenni FDB, an on-air personality; and Susan Carnahan, a photographic artist; at the dynamic new restaurant, Maimonides MOB in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, New York to review the decadently stylized film, W.E.

W.E. is the sophomoric directorial offering of pop icon, Madonna. The film interweaves true life details of the early 20th century love affair in Great Britain between the future King of England, Edward VIII and the American-born divorcée, Wallis Simpson, with a fictitious tale of a modern day trophy wife, Wally Winthrop, in New York City, who reclaims her own life, desires and needs. Written by Madonna and Alex Keshishian, her writing-partner-in-crime of the 1991 documentary, “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” W.E. (the title uses the first initial from Wallis and Edward’s names) is an elaborate extravaganza of eye candy on designer steroids. The gorgeous costumes, luxurious sets and immaculate attention to detail will leave you intoxicated with opulence.

Shot on locations in some of the most beautiful places in France, Italy, England and New York City, W.E. allows its viewers a myopic glimpse into the life of the very wealthy and the very privileged. Andrea Riseborough, who plays Wallis Simpson steals the show and for her efforts, received a Spotlight Award at this year’s Hollywood Film Festival.  Others in the cast include Abbie Cornish as Wally Winthrop, James D’Arcy as Edward VIII and Oscar Isaac as Evgeni.  Madonna recently received a 2012 Golden Globe Award (Best Original Song – Motion Picture) that she shares with her co-writers, Jimmy Harry and Julie Frost, and her co-producer William Orbit. Arianne Phillips, the film’s Costume Designer has been nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for her outstanding achievement in Costume Design.

More About our Fabulous Panel

JenniFDB  “From Da Bronx”  (The Renowned Smack Talker)  This bi-racial, Staten Island native is the creator and on-air personality for the 2chix 1mic Talk Radio Show. Lover of all things pop culture, entertainment and romance, she keeps her fingers firmly on the pulse of current events and dating trends. Her fluidity, humor and ability to create a fun and comfortable interview dialogue, can be seen in her  many appearances on national television and radio programs.  In her free time, she punches crotches as a  rising social pundit and stand up/sketch comedienne.
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Ginger M. Broderick, CPA has worked many years in the public accounting industry and provides accounting, money management, tax and business planning for individual and corporate clients.  She is President of Broderick Consulting Group, Ltd. and has experience with industries as diverse as media and entertainment, contemporary art, non-profit and professional service firms. For eight years, she appeared regularly on weekend morning financial segments for WABC Eyewitness News.  She has appeared on Good Day New York, WNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, NY1 and on WOR Radio discussing tax-related issues. She has  interviewed with top financial publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Wealth Manager. In addition, she now has her own talk/variety show, GingerNewYork.  Segments of the show are aired live at the MNN studios and are also taped at the Gibson Guitar Showroom/Rehearsal Studios in New York City.
Susan Carnahan is originally from Dallas, Texas.  She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas and eventually earning her MFA in Photography at Syracuse University.  Her photographic artworks have been exhibited in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ohio, Texas and most recently in Australia and Finland.
Much of her work originates from her probing her past in order to assess her present identity.  The latest chapters of her life have allowed her the opportunity to reexamine her ideas from many different perspectives.  In the last ten years, she has brought three new people in the world and lost the two who gave her life. Now a parent, she examines her art from the perspective of a child’s eyes.  Through this process, she has gained insight of her own role in life and how all of these cycles come together full circle. She lives with her husband and three sons in New York City.
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